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A beloved flowerbed ends up destroyed

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Proposed By:
Jubileus57 on Oct 29th 2017 at 10:07:19 AM
Last Edited By:
Jubileus57 on Nov 4th 2017 at 2:39:04 PM
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Squidward's begonias are pushing up daisies.

Flowers are beautiful, and gardeners from all around the world take great care of them and spend a lot of time tending to their flowerbeds. Unfortunately, flowers also are fragile and damaging them is easy.

This sad fate happens to fictitious flower parterres quite regularly. They can be accidently Trampled Underfoot or mowed down by The Klutz, blown away by Hostile Weather, stolen by unscrupulous and mean-spirited characters, etc. Often to the horror of the poor gardener who loved his flowers (which are often begonias) a lot, sometimes to the point of triggering a violent ire within him.

More rarely, the ruination befalls vegetable gardens or lawns instead of flowers.

See also the Priceless Ming Vase, which often suffers a similar fate. Related to That Poor Plant.


Examples:

Comic Books

  • One gag in Achille Talon involves Achille trying to bring a bucket fresh, quality soil to his fancy love interest Virgule de Guillemets. His car malfunctions and he has to ask a truck with a load of mud to tow him to his destination. Unfortunately, when they arrive at Virgule's, the lorry unloads all the soil on her philodendrons, ruining them.

Comic Strips

  • Garfield is very fond of playing in flowerbeds and utterly annihilate them at the same time.

Littérature

  • A greensward variation of this occurs in Reaper Man, in which Unseen University's head gardener bit through the handle of his spade in fury when a Zombie chose to emerge from the Earth... right under the immaculately tended lawn which was his pride and joy.

Films - Live-Action

  • In George of the Jungle, Ape goes, well, ape when Shep the elephant drops a wooden log on his rosebed.
    Ape: "No, not ON THE ROSES! Aaaaaugh!"

Video Games

Western Animation

  • In The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, Tigger 'bounces' Rabbit and destroys his garden.
    Rabbit: Oh Tigger, look what you've done to my beautiful garden!
    Tigger: Yeuch! Messy isn't it?
    Rabbit: Messy? Messy!? IT'S RUINED!
  • In the pilot of the Iron Man cartoon series, the Big Bad is enraged that a minion of his killed off his begonias while cooling off his drink using cryokinetics.
  • In Rocket Power, the kids accidentally destroy Violet Stimpleton's flowerbed, preventing her from winning a gardening contest that she wins every year. They make it up to her by winning a skating contest and giving her the prize.
  • In the Rugrats episode, "Tommy's First Birthday", Spike rolls around in the flowerbed of Didi's garden, which is one of the reasons why Tommy wants to eat dog food so he can become a dog. As Spike rolls around in the flowerbed, Lou scolds him to get out.
  • The Simpsons: Homer does this, with a twist, in"There's No Disgrace Like Home" while taking his family on a peeking tour of the neighborhood's houses.
    Bart: Whoa, look at this place. What a dump.
    Homer: That's what you think. I just trampled this poor sap's flower bed. (laughs)
    Marge: Homer, this is our house.
    Homer: D'oh!
  • Spongebob Squarepants:
    • "Truth or Square" reveals that Squidward once had a precious flower parterre next to his home that was squashed by a giant pineapple that would later become Spongebob's house.
    • Squidward's begonias gets trampled again in Sportz? because of Patrick's and Spongebob's sports antics.
    • And AGAIN in Spongebob, You're Fired!.

Feedback: 20 replies

Oct 29th 2017 at 5:55:05 PM

The opening scene of Disgaea D 2 A Brighter Darkness features Flonne watering her flower garden when Laharl enters the scene riding on a meteor... and then Etna enters, also riding a meteor.

Oct 30th 2017 at 4:18:52 AM

Ape: No, not ON THE ROSES! Aaaaaugh!

Oct 30th 2017 at 7:18:54 AM

^ Likely a sister trope. That Poor Plant has its focus n one particular Butt Monkey flora, such as the ficus from ComicStrip.Calvin And Hobbes. This is a larger-scale version that invites heavier-grade destruction upon a plot full of begonias or whatever. It's roughly in the same vein as wrecking someone's nice car, but without the insurance hassle.

Western Animation

  • The Pink Panther cartoon "Pink Posies" has Big Nose try to plant yellow posies on his property, because a gardening magazine touts them. Pink happens by, and dislikes all the yellow, whereupon Pink does everything imaginable to supplant the yellow posies with pink ones. Big Nose, once the shock wears off, redoubles his effort to yellow-posie his garden.

Oct 30th 2017 at 9:07:44 AM

I have no idea what the title means, and so presumably many other people won't either. It needs to be changed.

Oct 30th 2017 at 2:59:30 PM

^ Parterre is a synonym for flowerbed. I'll try to find another name if needed (I had Begonia Beatdown in mind at some point since begonias seem to be popular choices for this trope)

Oct 30th 2017 at 3:11:14 PM

Literature

  • In Reaper Man, Unseen University's head gardener iss said to have bitten through the hanfdle of his spade in fury when a Zombie chose to emerge from the earth - right under the immaculately tended lawn which was his pride and joy.

Oct 31st 2017 at 6:12:19 AM

  • The Simpsons: Homer does this, with a twist, in"There's No Disgrace Like Home" while taking his family on a peeking tour of the neighborhood's houses.
    Bart: Whoa, look at this place. What a dump.
    Homer: That's what you think. I just trampled this poor sap's flower bed. (laughs)
    Marge: Homer, this is our house.
    Homer: D'oh!

Oct 31st 2017 at 10:19:34 AM

  • In Rocket Power, the kids accidentally destroy Violet Stimpleton's flowerbed, preventing her from winning a gardening contest that she wins every year. They make it up to her by winning a skating contest and giving her the prize.

Oct 31st 2017 at 11:36:37 AM

Western Animation

  • In the Rugrats episode, "Tommy's First Birthday", Spike rolls around in the flowerbed of Didi's garden, which is one of the reasons why Tommy wants to eat dog food so he can become a dog. As Spike rolls around in the flowerbed, Lou scolds him to get out.

Oct 31st 2017 at 1:08:03 PM

^^ It doesn't have the same Added Alliterative Appeal... I'll think about an eventual new name

Nov 1st 2017 at 3:23:27 PM

Not sure if this counts as it's about a vegetable garden, not a flower bed, but in The Many Adventures Of Winnie The Pooh, Tigger 'bounces' Rabbit and destroys his garden.

Rabbit: Oh Tigger, look what you've done to my beautiful garden!
Tigger: Yeuch! Messy isn't it?
Rabbit: Messy? Messy!? IT'S RUINED!

Nov 2nd 2017 at 8:58:17 PM

This can also apply to garden crops kike carrots and tomatoes.

Nov 3rd 2017 at 9:22:59 AM

^^ Not to seem like a complainer, but that just sounds like someone being killed in a flowerbed.

Nov 3rd 2017 at 9:30:38 AM

^^^ If it's counting crops as well as flowers, I think the title (and description) should reflect that, or examples involving vegetables may seem out of place.

Nov 4th 2017 at 6:13:17 PM

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Nov 4th 2017 at 11:04:14 AM

I think it's time to ditch alliteration in the name of clarity. Before this YKTTW I had never heard of the word "parterre", and I know that if launched with this title it will have to be renamed at some point down the line. Just call it Jinxed Flowerbed or Doomed Flowerbed or something like that.

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